Recently while enjoying hot coffee and a good book at a local Panera Bread café, I heard another patron say to his friend (something to the effect of, I'm paraphrasing), “You say you're in this special area, specifically, and they say 'You're the guy for this'. ” His comment got me thinking about being a “specialist” versus being a “generalist” as a yoga instructor. I believe this consideration is an important one in the profession because of yoga's countless number of “schools” of thought and styles – from Kripalu to Bikram to Viniyoga forms (and that list certainly continues).
We as instructors have realistic limitations on how much knowledge and practical expertise we can obtain and maintain through consistent use (“you don't use it, you lose it”, the saying goes). On one hand, being well versed in several forms can make an instructor more marketable and helpful to studios, wellness centers, and other yoga-offering institutions; one can therein be flexible in what classes he/she can offer and substitute for (when other instructors cannot teach regular classes). Generally-knowledgeable instructors can also provide individual students with needs perhaps apart from their fellow students – for instance, if a student in an Ashtanga class would benefit from an adaptation from a perhaps milder form such as Svaroopa Yoga. To be more enlightened about Specializing Versus Generalizing as a Yoga Instructor visit www.aurawellnesscenter.com.
Not all of the styles mentioned in this series will be popular with every teacher, but the objective is to provide you with a variety of options. Some of them will be extremely physical and some will be less taxing on the body.
Power Yoga: Many things come to mind when we hear these, but the roots of this style are usually related to Ashtanga Yoga. This is not always the case, but more often, than not, Power Yoga is a physical offshoot of Ashtanga.
Thinking about this style may conjure up vivid images of Yoga teachers like Beryl Bender Birch, Bryan Kest, or Baron Baptiste. This is a vigorous form of Ashtanga with a bit of a Western “twist.” Classes are usually filled with younger adult students and active athletes.
These are not classes for students with ailments, or for beginners who just “jumped off the couch.” Power Yoga is a fantastic system of exercises, but if you are going to teach any form of Power type classes, you have to be completely honest with prospective students. The physical challenge of a Power class is not for everyone and it is not for a student who wants to learn a style that is on the therapeutic side. To be more enlightened about The Truth about Options for Yoga Teachers: Power Yoga visit www.yoga-teacher-training.org.
What should teacher know beyond how to run a class? At the very least, a Yoga teacher should have knowledge of the latest trends in classes, and the latest continuing education options for teachers. If something does appeal to you, there are many different continuing education options available for experienced teachers. There are a number of workshops, seminars, and camps around the world for interns and established teachers.
If you already have a running studio, children, or responsibilities at home, onsite Yoga teacher training may not always be the best option. You may want to consider distance learning, also known as “Home Study,” as a viable option. This is a recognized form of continuing education for instructors by most of the certifying bodies.
Due to time constraints, family commitments, and working a full time job – experienced teachers often find Yoga insructor training correspondence courses to be a convenient way to expand on their existing knowledge of Yogic methodology.
Practising yoga consistently can be extremely rewarding. Yoga can be practised in various forms such as pranayama or breathing exercises, meditation, and yogasanas or yoga postures. Furthermore, yoga can be practised by anyone – young or elderly, athlete or a normal person—yoga can be suitably modified to match everyone's need. While yoga can improve your physical and mental fitness significantly, research studies are being conducted to study the effectiveness of yoga in preventing and/or treating various physical and psychological disorders. In this research article, we will see whether yoga can lower blood sugar level in diabetic people.
Let us first understand what is diabetes. According to the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH), a part of the US Department of Health and Human Services, diabetes is a disease affecting “the way the body uses food for energy and growth”. The food we eat is broken down into glucose, and our body needs the hormone insulin to use glucose. NCCIH categorises diabetes in three different types – type 1, type 2, and gestational. In the first type, people hardly produce any insulin, and not many people suffer from this type of diabetes. In type 2, people do not properly respond to insulin produced by their bodies. This is the most common type of diabetes. Gestational diabetes affects pregnant women, which normally goes away after child birth. However, risk of mothers developing diabetes in later stages of life remains. To be more enlightened about Blood Sugar, Diabetes and Yoga visit www.aurawellnesscenter.com.
By Kimaya Singh Once in a while, you meet a person who refuses to see the value of pranayama. When you finish yoga teacher training, you have an arsenal of stress reducing techniques, but the public has a right to choose to do them, or not. Doctors, nurses and therapists are also amazed at the mindset of their patients. The point I'm diving at is nothing works, if a person refuses to put the effort into it.
“Just Breathe.” How many times have you heard someone say this when you are anxious or stressed to your maximum capacity? Isn't it funny that at the base of yoga, which has been around for centuries, is pranayama? It should not come as any surprise that using yoga techniques for anxiety relief is one of the top methods. I find it incredibly sad that people today tend to turn to prescription medication to calm down. I have countless friends and family members that take something for stress, and as you can guess I am constantly dragging them to yoga with me. No one should have to depend on medication to live a full life, if they have a choice. To be more enlightened about Yoga Teacher Training: Anxiety Relief visit yoga-teacher-training.blogspot.com.